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Senator Showdown: Reid v. McConnell in Campaign Finance Fight at Panel Hearing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced off Tuesday to pitch their respective views about recent changes in campaign finance legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Reid pushing a constitutional amendment to offset the impact of big money in politics and McConnell pushing back.

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USA Freedom Act Passes House With Protests and Sighs

Many legislators and campaigners are unsatisfied with the “watered-down” version of the anti-surveillance bill that passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.

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A Step Closer to Immigration Reform

A landmark bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday when the legislation was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Holder Argues for Homeland Drone Killings

The attorney general told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the president has the authority to use drones to kill American citizens on U.S. soil in the event of an “extraordinary circumstance.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


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Holder on Prosecuting Big Banks, Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban Enacted, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House votes to avoid a government shutdown and Gabrielle Giffords makes a plea for gun control at the place where she was shot two years ago.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Kagan Grilled by Senate Panel on Military Recruitment Ban

The Senate Judiciary Committee and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faced off Tuesday on the second day of Kagan’s confirmation hearing, and as expected, certain committee members were eager to zero in on ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Senate Panel Approves Sotomayor

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 Tuesday in favor of Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination as a Supreme Court justice. The full Senate must now review her nomination, for confirmation. If approved—which is likely—Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic and only the third woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Live Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court justice confirmation hearings are currently under way in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Check out this live stream of the hearings, and hear what the senators have to say about the nominee and how she defends herself in front of them.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Mukasey Stonewalls Congress in CIA Tape Inquiry

Newly installed Attorney General Michael Mukasey swiftly shot down requests by House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders, as well as other members of Congress, for information about the Justice Department’s investigation of the CIA tape destruction fiasco—because the department would seem “subject to political influence.”  Oh.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Hasta Luego, Alberto

After months of intense scrutiny from the press, public and the Senate Judiciary Committee, beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has followed in Karl Rove’s footsteps, becoming the second major member of President Bush’s inner circle to resign in this last phase of Bush’s presidency.  Gonzales called it quits on Monday, sparking a flurry of reactions on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Team Cheney Sits on Wiretapping Documents

On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office allowed that it has “dozens of documents” detailing the Bush administration’s controversial warrant-free overseas wiretapping program, according to The Washington Post, but it doesn’t seem likely that Cheney’s cohorts will fork them over without a struggle. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Rove to Dodge Senate Committee Grilling?

Once again, it pays to be in the Bush administration’s tight inner circle (especially when the possibility of punishment for alleged wrongdoing looms): It now seems that Karl Rove may be protected by his loyal president and may not have to face the Senate Judiciary Committee about the U.S. attorney firings scandal.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Gonzales’ Stone Wall

Although Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was characteristically dodgy during last week’s questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee about just who had dispatched him in March 2004 to persuade an ailing John Ashcroft to approve an illegal wiretapping program, The New York Times leaves little mystery that it was Vice President Dick Cheney. 

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Rove Subpoenaed in U.S. Attorney Firing Case

Add Karl Rove to the mix of White House bigwigs whose feet may be put to the fire by the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to the U.S. attorney firing scandal, which has jeopardized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (even though his cronies continue to support him). 

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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